Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Thermomix

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Greek meatballs surrounded by rich homemade tomato sauce and topped with a sharp parmesan cheese. This is a family favourite recipe and a delicious comfort food the whole family will enjoy.

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My food world turned upside down the day I tried authentic Greek meatballs, known as Souzoukakia. These meatballs which were made by a little old Greek grandmother. I had never tried such moist meat! It was a far cry from what I grew up with as an Australian child in the 1970’s.

I was visiting Townsville for the Greek festival and making my way around all my favourite foods.

Out of all the dishes I tried, the meatballs were the biggest revelation. Thankfully the Townsville Greek community had all got together, argued over the best way to make the traditional dishes and then produced a cookbook.

I bought the cookbook and now 9 years later it’s stained and dog-eared, but one of my favourite cookbooks. Since purchasing my Thermomix I have begun to convert some of the recipes. This recipe is particularly well suited to the TM.

Timesaving Tips for Preparing Meatballs

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  1. Grate the cheeses at the start of preparation and reserve for later. There is no need to clean the bowl after grating the cheese.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the Souzoukakia first. Then start on the tomato sauce, whilst the tomato sauce is cooking you will have time to roll the rissoles and place in the Varoma, ready to steam.
  3. Preheat the oven once the Souzoukakia is steaming over the tomato sauce.

Three images showing steps to making meatballs


  1. Ensure that all the balls are roughly the same size so they all cook at the same rate.
  2. When placing the balls on the Varoma tray be mindful that steaming holes are not all covered. Covering the holes will prevent the steam from cooking the meatballs.

3 Images which show the size and position of meatballs in the Varoma TM5

So today I’m sharing the recipe for Souzoukakia, otherwise known as “Meatballs in Tomato Sauce.” The images above show the steps in more details should you wish to refer to them.

Timesaving tips for making tomato Sauce

As much as I love making my tomato sauce from scratch it is not necessary to do this everytime you make Greek Meatballs.  If tomato seconds are available on special, or you have an influx of tomatoes in your garden I would absolutely recommend making the sauce from scratch.

But, if you’re pushed for time you can follow the instructions up to the addition of fresh tomatoes. Simple swap the fresh tomatoes for the same amount of tomato passatta.  The dish will not need all the cooking time. So once the passata has been added, stack the meatballs on top in the Varoma and cook for 25 minutes /120 degrees/Speed 1.5.

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Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Thermomix Style

Julie Carlyle
A Family Friendly Dinner Idea - Souzoukakia, otherwise known as Meatballs in Tomato Sauce. A comfort food the whole family will enjoy.
4.96 from 22 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main
Cuisine American, Australian, Italian
Servings 8 people
Calories 576 kcal



Prepping Ingredients

  • 80 g parmesan cheese
  • 100 g tasty cheese
  • 1/2 bunch continental parsley


  • 20 g garlic
  • 200 g onion quartered
  • 180 g tomato paste 1/2 cup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp cumin ground
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 TBS parmesan cheese (from the pre-grated bowl)
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 145 g bread crumbs 1 cup
  • 500 g lamb mince
  • 500 g beef mince not lean

Napolitana Sauce

  • 20 g garlic
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 200 g onion quartered
  • 50 g oil
  • 800 g tomatoes halved
  • 1 TBS tomato paste
  • 100 ml red wine
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 TBS brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 TBS Vegetable stock paste (recipe from basic cookbook) OR Massel vegetable stock cube


Ingredient Preparation

  • Place the parmesan cheese in the TM bowl. Chop 5 sec/Speed 9. Reserve in a small bowl until needed.
    80 g parmesan cheese
  • Place the tasty cheese in the TM bowl. Chop 5 sec/Speed 9. Reserve in a small bowl until needed.
    100 g tasty cheese
  • Place the parsley in the TM bowl. Chop 5sec/Speed 9. Reserve in a small bowl until needed.
    1/2 bunch continental parsley

Preparing Meatballs

  • Add quartered onion and garlic to TM bowl. Chop 5 sec/Speed 9.
    200 g onion, 20 g garlic
  • Add eggs, cumin, garlic salt, allspice, onion powder and tomato paste to the onion mixture. Combine 5 sec/Speed 5.
    2 eggs, 1 tsp cumin, 2 tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp allspice, 180 g tomato paste
  • Add the breadcrumbs, 1 TBS grated parmesan, pepper, lamb and beef to TM bowl. Dough setting/2 minute. Help the mixture combine with a spatula.
    1 TBS parmesan cheese, 145 g bread crumbs, 500 g lamb mince, 500 g beef mince, 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Remove the meatball mixture from the TM Bowl and reserve in a large bowl. Without washing the TM move onto the sauce.

Napoletana Sauce

  • Place the peppercorns and garlic in the TM bowl. Chop 3 sec/Speed 9.
    20 g garlic, 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • Add onion to the garlic mixture. Chop 3 sec/Speed 7. Scrape down TM bowl.
    200 g onion
  • Add oil to the TM Bowl. Sautee 5 min/Varoma/Speed 1.5.
    50 g oil
  • Place the halved tomatoes, sugar, garlic salt, allspice, red wine, oregano, stock paste and tomato paste in TM bowl. Puree 30 sec/Speed 8.
    800 g tomatoes, 100 ml red wine, 2 tsp dried oregano, 1 TBS brown sugar, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp allspice, 1 TBS Vegetable stock paste, 1 TBS tomato paste
  • Add the bay leaf to the sauce. Simmer 30 min/120 degree/Speed 1.5 (MC OUT). Add the strainer to the top of the lid to prevent splatters.
    1 bay leaf

Cooking Meatballs

  • Whilst the tomato sauce is cooking prepare the meatballs.
  • Shape the mixture into even sized meatballs and place on the deep Varoma and shallow Varoma trays ready to be steamed.
  • Once the sauce has finished, stack the Varoma trays on top of the tomato sauce. Cook the meatballs and sauce for a further 15min/120 degrees/Speed 1.5.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.

Baking the Dish

  • Arrange the meatballs in an ovenproof dish.
  • Pour the tomato sauce over the Souzoukakia.
  • Top the dish with chopped parsley, grated tasty cheese and the remaining parmesan cheese. Bake 15 minutes or until golden.
    80 g parmesan cheese, 100 g tasty cheese


Serving Suggestions:
  1. Serving this dish with zoodles (zucchini noodles) will keep the carbohydrate load low for those on a LCHF or Keto diet.
  2. I love this dish with mashed potato.
  3. Traditionally Italians would serve meatballs with pasta.
  4. Another nice option is to enjoy the dish with some crusty bread. 


Calories: 576kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 33gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 1458mgPotassium: 914mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1375IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 309mgIron: 4.6mg
Keyword Comfort food, Main Meal, Meatballs, Mince
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

I hope you enjoy this recipe.

I find meatballs fabulous to make in the Thermomix. Steaming the meat in the Varoma means the rissoles are so much moister than if they were fried. Also frying rissoles is very hit and miss. Too many times I’ve meatballs fall apart in the frying pan.

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If you’ve tried the recipe please leave a message and let me know what you thought. Your comments help me to decide what recipes I should make and share. I’d also love to know your favourite TM dish, or perhaps you have a suggestion for another recipe I should make and share?

Best of all your comments may help another Thermomixer trying to choose a recipe for their family.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Cooking


47 thoughts on “Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Thermomix”

  1. Julie says:

    5 stars
    Recipe lived up to expectation, again. Great to make two dishes out of them and freeze some for another day. The steamed meatballs are so moist. Really loved this dish.

  2. kristen Hartmann says:

    Love this recipe. So delicious and makes heaps for the freezer which I also love! A friend has suggested adding some red pesto as it gives it a lovely added kick, which I am going to try next week. Thankyou.

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Kristen
      I’m so pleased you enjoyed the recipe
      Thank you for coming back and commenting
      Happy cooing Julie

  3. Bianca says:

    5 stars
    Have made this three times already. So yum!
    Can I omit the red wine and maybe substitute it for something else?

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Bianca
      I am so pleased you are enjoying the recipe 🙂
      Yes, you can omit the red wine, you can just add stock to replace the wine. It will change the flavour slightly but not too noticeably
      Happy cooking

  4. Elizabeth paul says:

    This looks delicious. What red wine would you recommend making the napolina sauce with? I’m new to cooking with red wine.

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Elizabeth
      You can use any red wine in this recipe. Preferably just a leftover wine 🙂
      Happy Cooking

  5. Jan says:

    Hi, love the sound of this meatball recipe, but would like to know when you say make meatballs while sauce is cooking then put in varoma dish, are you leaving sauce in while steaming them or steaming with water in the jug. Sorry if this sounds a dumb question but didn’t want to over cook sauce.

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Jan
      I’m sorry the recipe isn’t clear. I will have to reword it 🌸
      The meatballs go on top of the tomato sauce. This lets the sauce cook for longer and develop more flavour, plus the juices from the meatballs gets added to the sauce as they cook which make the sauce taste even yummier ☺️
      Happy cooking

  6. Pam Parker says:

    5 stars
    this was amazing! the sauce is soo delicious! and the meatballs…soo tender! was soo glad i tried this, and will definitely make again.
    the rating won’t let me select but its defiantly a 5 star
    the sauce was soo amazing i can’t wait to see how i can use it in other dishes.
    thank you for such an amazing recipe

  7. Sarah says:

    5 stars
    Our family loves this recipe, very tasty and we get a few meals out of it which is what we love

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      I love that about this dish too! My kids take the leftover meatballs on wraps 🙂

  8. Elena says:

    5 stars
    The flavour of the sauce was amazing but it was very runny. I’m not sure why this was or if it’s supposed to be this way? Nonetheless it was very tasty!

  9. Sarah says:

    5 stars
    Yum yum! Tick of approval from the 4 year old and husband! And lots of leftovers to freeze for another night!

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Awesome! I’m so pleased xx Tuanks for coming back and letting me know 🙂

  10. Lib says:

    5 stars
    The recipe calls for ‘not lean’ mince. Why is this?

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Lib, Meatballs have a tendency to be a little dry if lean mince is used. These are so much more delicious if there is a little bit of fat in the mince 😊😊 I hope you like the recipe.

  11. Bonnie says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Four very happy consumers in this household – served it with (not so traditional) broccolini and mashed potato – yum! 5*s!!!

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

  12. Natalie says:

    4 stars
    Lovely sauce, but we found it too ‘relish like’ very thick and rich- reduced too much? I used 800g canned tomatoes, instead of fresh. Next time I’d add some water to the sauce. The flavor was amazing though. The meatballs are amazing without the sauce too!

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      I’m pleased you liked the recipe. Using canned tomatoes would have caused the difference as they have already been cooked and partly reduced in water content. Just add a little extra as you did if you used canned tomatoes. I would love to see what you thought of the recipe after trying fresh tomatoes. I promise its worth the effort 🙂

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